Jul 12, 2011 5:00pm EDT
in afghanistan that the top u.s. commander is now calling unfathomable. the half brother of hamid karzai gunned down in his own home. ahmed wally karzai was an influential figure inside afghanistan and a very controversial one who had deep connections with the white house. let's bring in our pentagon correspondent chris lawrence. lots at stake here as well, chris. what do we know? >> wolf, afghans who have been complaining about corruption in the afghan government probably will shed no tears at the death of ahmid wally karzai. on the other hand, he helped hamid karzai exert fouer down in the south in kandahar where the president probably would not have been able to exert that power. so his loss british columbiaens karzai at a time when negotiations with the taliban move forward and it also may have very big repercussions for the u.s. effort in the south. people called president hamid karzai's brother a corrupt gangster. but the cia's former head of counterterrorism says the u.s. may miss him. >> it's quite like live that what follows is going to be something that will not work to our interest.
Jul 25, 2011 2:00pm PDT
contract in afghanistan that moves more than 70% of the goods and materiel that u.s. troops need at their remote fire bases, moves it all across afghanistan. the military in kabul looked at this $2 billion plus contract and found payoffs and corruption. one u.s. official telling us, and we quote from what he explained to us, that when they looked at it there were concerns about, quote, fraudulent paperwork and behavior, indications dollars were flowing to criminals and the enemy. what we are talking about is a web of payoffs. the contractors who run the trucking companies, hire subcontractors, the subcontractors then pay or police and security officials who pay off the taliban or criminals so that their trucks get safe passage across insurgent zones in afghanistan. is it realistic at this point that any of this will ever change. we spoke to a top analyst about this. >> when you have the, you know, extent of corruption that we may have seen with some of these contracts, that's clearly not acceptable and they have to change the way they are doing business, but, you know, like i sai
Jul 11, 2011 2:00pm PDT
for a stable afghanistan and pakistan needs the united states to beat terrorism, which we consider to be a menace for our own people. we need to work together and both sides are working together. the only problem is whenever there's a disagreement or the pace of things, it always becomes a much bigger story. my understanding is that the united states government is continuing with civilian assistance to pakistan. >> but military is a different matter. >> which as you know is more than $1 billion in promises. . >> let's talk about what's deeply irritated u.s. officials. i know this because they' told me this, that on a couple of occasions at least they gave intelligence information top your government about terrorists building bombs, secret locati locations. within a few days, when your troops went there to do something about it, all the folks were gone. all the bad guys -- somebody tipped off the bad guys about the information. >> the important thing is that the troops went there to take action. >> but it was too late. >> previously, we always heard pakistan is not taking action. he